NASA says NO to first all-female space walk - chooses MAN instead

26 Mars, 2019, 10:20 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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NASA explains Anne McClain and Christina Koch were scheduled on Friday for the second of three spacewalks at the International Space Station, but they have since discovered that they only have one spacesuit that fits both women ready and available on the station.

History won't be made this Friday after NASA announced to cancel the much-anticipated all-female spacewalk due in part to spacesuit availability, according to their statement.

Christina Koch will now perform tasks in space Friday with fellow American Nick Hague - instead of Anne McClain as originally planned. She said the agency had no concrete plans for an rescheduled all-female spacewalk, but noted one is increasingly likely because NASA astronauts have been diversifying in terms of gender. Last Friday (March 22), McClain and Hague spent almost 7 hours working outside the orbiting lab to replace aging batteries on the station's solar arrays.

As for the third spacewalk in the series, McClain is tentatively scheduled to be joined by Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques on April 8. Live coverage of the briefing and spacewalks will air on NASA Television and the agencys website.

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However, NASA said that McClain would no longer be able to partake in the spacewalk after she realized after a previous spacewalk that large-sized outerwear didn't fit her as well as medium - and only one medium-sized outer shirt can be arranged by March 29.

Less than 11 per cent of the more than 500 people who have been to space have been women.

McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 astronaut class, half of which were women, and came from the second largest number of applications NASA ever has received, more than 6,100. This is the first time in space for McClain and the first spaceflight for Koch.

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